Nipple Piercings And Old Nudist Attitudes
Nipple Piercings at Nudist Resorts – What is the problem?
Nipple Piercings – A friend told me about some controversy that took place at Rock Lodge this past summer that I felt was worth discussing. It all started a few years ago when the teenager daughter of a couple visited Rock Lodge, and to a few members’ dismay, she had nipple jewelry. Rock Lodge then decided to implement a rule to ban this. Right now the rule states, as quoted from the website:
At present, genital and nipple jewelry are not allowed. Prior to arrival at Rock Lodge, please ensure that any genital jewelry is removed and that any nipple jewelry is either removed or covered.
They allow other jewelry as long as it’s tasteful.
And this past summer, over 10 people with nipple jewelry visited Rock Lodge, bringing the rule to many members’ attention. Many of them fought to have the rule changed, while others were entirely for keeping it. Those who supported the rule argued that nipple piercings don’t belong in a family-oriented nudist club; that it draws attention to areas nudists aren’t trying to draw attention to, i.e. the breasts; that nipple piercings are sexual and associated with the swinger atmosphere (ridiculous).
On the other hand, proponents of change argued that naturism is about open acceptance of people as they are and allowing them to express themselves. As far as it drawing unwanted attention and even sexual attention, well,
- Breasts are not sexual organs.
- In the setting of Rock Lodge one is already NOT looking at another in a sexual way, thus nipple piercings don’t change anything. The issue lies with the ogler.
- Tattoos (tattooed breasts are accepted) and also pasties used to cover them up also arguably draw attention, if not more attention, to a female’s breasts. Anything can draw this attention, but this goes back to #2 of not looking at someone inappropriately to begin with.
Personally I don’t think the rule makes any sense and should be changed. For this group we’ve started of Young Naturists & Nudists America, we welcome everyone regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, tattoos, piercings and so on. What’s more, Rock Lodge has mostly an older crowd – maybe some conservative people that resent what the crazy rebellious youngsters are doing these days, with their body jewelry and loud wild parties.
Yet nipple piercings are becoming a lot more common these days among young people, and I have a few friends who have them who might say, “Rock Lodge is nice, BUT what’s with this stupid rule?” I think the club would do better to cut out a rule that would exclude or discourage younger people from joining, those who’d keep the place alive. What do you think, readers? Would such piercings bother you as a naturist? Or would you be turned off by a club that forbid them?
P.S. Susan Weaver, the president of AANR, has her nipples pierced. If she visited Rock Lodge would they dare ask her to take them out/cover them?
This article about Nipple Piercings In Nudist Resorts was published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America YNA
UPDATE: After some debate, Rock Lodge changed their policy (in 2011 or 2012) and nipple piercings are now permitted at this club. (Genital piercings, however, are still prohibited. This is a common policy among nudist clubs and also should be changed!)
(*BUT- in spite of my semi-harsh opinion on this issue here, Rock Lodge is nonetheless a really beautiful place in the northern woods of NJ, and if you’ve never been you should go! The people are also very nice and friendly- what you’d expect in a relaxing, family-oriented place. www.rocklodge.com)